PhD Research Project in Veterinary Epidemiology -- Mastitis in Dairy Cows.
University of Nottingham
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of
Nottingham is the first brand new, purpose-built veterinary school in
the UK for over 50 years and it is our intent to make significant
leading contributions to both veterinary research and teaching within
the context of valid relevance and application to the wider veterinary
Research is central to the activities of the School, both in terms of
maintaining ourselves at the forefront of national and international
efforts in veterinary medicine but also as an integral part of the
training and education for undergraduate and postgraduate students. In
the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the School of Veterinary Medicine
and Science joint submission with the School of Biosciences was ranked
first in the country for the power of its research with 95% of its
activities classified at an international standard.
We are looking for a motivated, high calibre graduate with an interest
in dairy cows to complete a four-year BBSRC CASE PhD studentship
entitled “A Bayesian decision-theoretic framework to evaluate and
optimize decision making for mastitis control in the UK Mastitis Control
Scheme”. The position is available from 1st October 2011, and the
successful candidate will join an outstanding research team in
quantitative dairy science at the School of Veterinary Medicine
and Science, University of Nottingham. The studentship is supported by
an industrial partner, DairyCo.
The research will use data from the current national mastitis control
scheme (DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan) to evaluate the efficacy of
different management controls in different farm situations. A Bayesian
framework will be used to allow synthesis of multiple sources of
information and to investigate uncertainty in the cost benefit of
interventions under different management scenarios. The successful
candidate will receive training in specific mathematical elements as
well as generic research methods but an enthusiasm for learning and
applying quantitative techniques is essential.
In year 3 of the 4 year study period, the successful applicant will work
directly with our industrial partner, DairyCo, for a six month period.
During this time, experience will be gained of commercial research and
development, knowledge transfer and marketing. Training will include
interpersonal and communication skills, leadership skills and group
A background of veterinary science, animal science or applied statistics
would be advantageous, but applications are welcome from candidates from
related disciplines. A minimum 2.1 degree classification or equivalent
Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor: Prof
Martin Green [log in to unmask]
Candidates should apply online and include a CV. Any queries regarding
the application process should be addressed to Helena Percival,
Postgraduate Admissions Officer, (email: [log in to unmask])
The studentship is funded by an augmented tax-exempt stipend of
£16,051pa (£23,470pa for veterinary graduates) for four years.
There are potential funding restrictions for non-EU students.
Dr Theodore Kypraios
Lecturer in Statistics @ University of Nottingham
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